These are the other cookies I baked for my daughter's field trip day. I searched my favorite cooking blogs for a recipe to use up all of the M and M's from Halloween. And of course I found a great recipe on Jamie Cooks It Up!. She makes the best cookies! It was the perfect recipe since my daughter's ultimate favorite cookie is a sugar cookie. Instead of putting the M and M's on the inside of the dough, I placed them in a flower decoration on the top of the dough before baking. I think they turned out pretty cute and we all agreed they taste great too. You can see all the M's on them and I was able to make every cookie have all the colors. You could also make these with the other M and M flavors and holiday colors. These would be really cute using the Valentine color M and M's. I bet these cookies will be a winner with Madison's friends on the bus today!
2 sticks butter, softened
1 1/2 C white sugar
1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
3 C all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cream of tartar
pinch of salt
M and M's, assorted colors
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar until smooth and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix for 2 minutes. Sift in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt into the wet ingredients. Mix just until combined.
Form into 1 inch round balls and place on a non-stick baking sheet. Press down the cookie dough slightly with your hand. Press the M and M's into the top of each cookie in a flower shape. You can use even more M and M's than I did. This was my first time making these.
Note: These cookies should be taller and fluffier with the extra baking soda and cream of tartar. This was my 3rd baking item for the night and the kitchen was hot and the dough sat way too long between the mixing and baking. I stopped in the middle to make dinner for my kiddos. But the cookies taste just as good.
Store in an airtight container. Enjoy!